Social recognition memory and the cross-race effect

Jessica L Marcon, University of Texas at El Paso


The purpose of the current study was to examine how social influence information and the cross race effect influenced recognition judgments in a repetition-lag paradigm (Jennings & Jacoby, 1997; 2003). Prior research suggests that social recognition memory has its greatest negative influence when memory for a test item is poor. A dual-process memory perspective was invoked to assess the extent to which social conformity was more likely a by-product of recollective failure or illusory feelings of familiarity. Participants were 28 undergraduate students. Confederates provided either no social influence information, correct social influence information, or incorrect social influence information. Results demonstrated that there was no interaction of the manipulated variables. Evidence for the cross-race effect was found and replicated previous findings. Participants did conform to correct and incorrect information, but that underlying recollection processes only differed when the correct information was provided. The implications of these findings are discussed and future directions for social influence and the cross race effect are discussed.^

Subject Area

Psychology, Social|Psychology, Experimental|Psychology, Cognitive

Recommended Citation

Marcon, Jessica L, "Social recognition memory and the cross-race effect" (2007). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1444109.